Eczema

Chemicals in daily personal care products

Do you know whats in the products you use everyday on yourself & your children’s skin??

Looking at a product I was recommended by doctors & allergists for my son with eczema.

The ingredients:  Aqua(water), sodium laurel sulcate, glycerin, lauryl betaine, disodium cocoamphodiacetate, sodium cocoyl isethionate, peg-120 methyl glucose dioleate, glycol stearate, methylparaben, citric acid, propylparaben

MY FINDINGS

  1. The only natural ingredient is water.
  2. Irritate sensitive skin.
  3. May penetrate skin.
  4. May dry skin.
  5. Skin & eye irritation.
  6. Effects gastrointestinal system & liver.
  7. Symptoms are eczema, dermatitis, itching, hives, rash etc.
  8. one ingredient said it wash’t assessed for safety in cosmetics.
  9. Interferes with gene expression.
  10. Suspected endocrine disruption.
  11. Sensitisation.

PLEASE TELL ME WHY I WOULD WANT TO USE THIS PRODUCT ON MY CHILD!!!!! especially when he has eczema…

Lets just say I WAS MAD!!! This was the turning point for me & listening to professionals when it came to choices for my son & my family.

It takes 26 seconds for chemicals to enter your bloodstream. 1 in 8 of 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals. Including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, hormone disruptors & skin irritants. SCARY????

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1 in 8 of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins & hormone disruptors.

MEANING

.Carcinogen – Any substance, radionuclide, or radiation that is an agent directly involved in causing cancer.

.Pesticide – A substance used for destroying insects.

.Reproductive toxins – A substance or agent that can cause adverse effects on the reproductive organs and/or the endocrine system(which includes the thyroid & adrenal glands)

.Hormone disruptors – Chemicals that may interfere with the body’s endocrine system & produce adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological & immune effects in both humans & wildlife.

Heres just a few you may wish to avoid

PARABENS– Petroleum derived & effect the Endocrine system. Symptoms can include eczema, dermatitis, itching, hives, rash etc. Parabens are the most widely used preservative in cosmetics. The problem with parabens is they penetrate the skin, they have been detected in human breast cancer tissues, suggesting a possible link between parabens & cancer. Common names include .Methyparaben .Butylparaben .Propylparaben .Isobutylparaben .Ethylparaben etc. Commonly used in make up, body wash, fragrances, hair care & facial cleansers.

SYNTHETIC COLOURS– Normally petroleum & coal tar derived & are carcinogenic. Some colours are also suspected neurotoxic. Symptoms can include possible allergic reactions, ADHD in children, irritation to eyes, skin & respiratory system. Banned in the European Union. Common names include .FD&C  Blue 1, or FD&C Green 3 FD&C Red 4 etc.

FRAGRANCES-This ones a bit scary as individual ingredients are not identified, they are mainly synthetic. Suspected immune & neurotoxic. Symtoms can include allergic reactions, asthma & hyper-sensitive reactions. Commonly used in perfume, cologne, hair care, body wash, make up & body lotions/moisturisers.

PHTHALATES– Normally petroleum derived & effects the developmental system, endocrine system, gastrointestinal system & liver, immune system, kidneys, nervous system & the reproductive system. Also been linked to birth defects & some are banned in the European Union. Commonly used in nail polish, nail treatment, fragrances, scented oils, body lotions & hair spray.

TRICLOSAN– Petroleum derived. Effects the immune system & possible symptoms include allergic reactions, skin, eye & lung irritation & hyper-sensitive reactions. Common uses include toothpaste, liquid hand soap, dishwashing liquid, deodorant, facial cleansers & pet shampoo.

SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE (SLS) & (SLES) -Synthetic & palm oil derived, possible symptoms include dry skin, skin, yes & lung irritation. commonly used in bubble bath, body was, hair care,acne treatment, liquid hand soap etc. A big concern is when SLS mixes with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. This combo can then lead to other symptoms like kidney & respiratory damage.

FORMALDEHYDE– May be petroleum derived. Effects include, gastrointestinal system & liver, immune system, nervous system, reproductive system, respiratory system & carcinogenic. Symptoms can include asthma, human skin toxicity, sensitisation. Commonly used as a preservative in nail polish, nail treatment, household cleaners, hair care & make up.

TOLUENE– Petroleum derived. Effecting cardiovascular system, developmental system, gastrointestinal system & liver, immune system, kidneys, nervous system, reproductive system & respiratory system also symptoms of skin irritation. Common uses include nail polish, nail treatments & hair care.

If your in Australia, we have all the natural products you would ever need to live naturally everyday, eczema, personal care & cleaning products. Check it out

Resources:-http://www.davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/dirty-dozen-cosmetic-chemicals/

-http://www.webmd.com/children/environmental-exposure-head2toe/personal-care-products?page=1

-http://davidsuzuki.org/issues/health/science/toxics/chemicals-in-your-cosmetics—parabens/

-Chemical maze

Please research ingredients in everything you use & decide for yourself if its right for you, just because it says its natural doesn’t mean it is.

Ali xx

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